|PC users with bulky
anti-virus systems that show visible delay while scanning
documents and running a complete system scan should give
NOD32 a whirl and experience the difference. It's an
anti-virus product that runs smoothly on relatively slower
systems and consumes far fewer resources on fast machines.
This can be a boon for gamers as the product is extremely
light on resource-grabbing, yet effective against current
threats, both online and offline.
Although NOD32 is relatively unknown and somewhat
overshadowed by the anti- virus giants Symantec and
McAfee, it has been around for a while and features
regularly in Virus Bulletin's top slots. So what's
different about this AV? For one, its size (a 7MB
download) is fairly small. Secondly, the scanning speed
and installation are both quite fast. The protection it
provides is advertised as "Advanced Heuristics" and though
details are scarce as to what this actually does, it
sounds like a built-in artificial intelligence. The idea
is to have a system with the ability to detect new and
future viruses, worms and trojans when other 'industry
strength" products are busy publishing a fix.
There are several sob-modules within the
application: the program includes an on- demand scanner
that may be activated at any time to perform a complete
scan of the system. Also present is AMON (Antivirus
Monitor), which runs in the background and checks current
system activities to detect the presence of malicious code
and monitor file activities. Next up is DMON, which
specifically scans Office documents. IMON monitors
internet traffic and keeps an eye on flies being
downloaded as you surf the Web and e-mail coming through a
POP3 server, so you know exactly what enters your system.
And finally, there's EMON, an on-board mail scanner that
will check e-mails coming through MAPI interfaces such as
Microsoft Outlook or Exchange for virus and worm activity.
The enterprise edition is geared specifically for
corporate or business environments and feature
administrative controls that allow you to monitor and scan
over both local and wide area networks.
A wide variety of operating systems are
supported. Based on neutral performance and detection
tests, developers claim that NOD32 is the best anti-virus
product available today. According to them, it's also the
fastest and most resource-friendly AV available.
visit the NOD32 website